The 2019 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money but through the sharing of our time and talents.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website offers a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays of Lent
6:00 p.m. English
7:00 p.m. Spanish
March 8, 15, 22, 29: upper church
April 5: 2nd-floor chapel
April 12: lower church chapel
April 19: upper church [3 pm]
Ash Wednesday Mass and Service Schedule
7:00 AM Mass with Ashes
8:30 AM Mass with Ashes
12:00 PM Service with Distribution of Ashes
6:00 PM Service with Distribution of Ashes (Spanish)
7:00 PM Service with Distribution of Ashes
Multi-Parish Lenten Mission | March 11-13
Saint Alphonsus is teaming up with Saint Clement and Our Lady of Mount Carmel for our first-ever Multi-Parish Lenten Mission from March 11 to March 13. Each evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, Father Paul Seaman, from Saint Clement, will speak on Our Baptismal Call; Tuesday, Father Michael O’Connell of Saint Alphonsus will speak on Reconciliation and Renewal in Lent (confession will be offered); and on Wednesday, Bishop Mark Bartosic will offer Mass and speak on The Eucharistic People. The Mission will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Belmont.
This is a collaborative effort in the spirit of Renew My Church and also a way to support the people of OLMC during these difficult days. Please plan on joining us for this wonderful Mission!